PORTUGAL - Medical Device Industry and Demographic Data

Here you will find some basic demographic and economic data for Portugal, plus information specific to the Portuguese medical device and healthcare industry.

Capital city: Lisbon

Total area: 92072 km²

Population: 10.6 million

Currency: euro

Language: Portuguese

Structure of population:
0-14 years: 15%
15-64 years: 67%
65 years and over: 18% (2011 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
Male: 76 years
Female: 82 years

Healthcare expenditures total (% of GDP): 10.7%

Healthcare expenditures per capita: $2365 (USD)

Expenditures on healthcare:
Government: 68%*
Private: 32%**

Number of hospitals: public 111, private 93 (2006 data)

Healthcare financing: The Ministry of Health allocates global budgets based on the previous year's funding and, with a growing portion, on the DRG system. Health centers are responsible for delivering primary health care. These centers receive a small budget for rent, utilities etc., based on historical costs. All other costs are directly paid by the sub-regional coordination level.

Medical device industry: The Portuguese medical device market is relatively small and valued at €445.5 million. Portugal is a small-sized consumer and consumed €404 million in medical devices (2% of the total EU consumption). Public sector procurement is very centralized and highly price competitive. Consumables and supplies, including surgical requirements such as sutures and pacemakers, are purchased on a twice-yearly basis (April and October) by a central purchasing board acting on behalf of all public hospitals. The appointment of a local agent for the Portuguese market is essential. The majority of medical equipment sales are made by specialised importers and distributors. However, there has been a trend for more foreign companies to set up an establishment in Portugal to take direct control of product distribution.

* Government expenditures include all spending on healthcare passed through governmental agencies regardless of the funding source. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.
** Private healthcare expenditures include private medical insurance, direct out-of-pocket payments by the consumer and other non-governmental sources. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.